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palace, another witness telling us there's been one clash between protesters and police after demonstrators started throwing rocks, debris, other objects, at police and police responded by firing at least one round of tear gas. for the most part, these demonstrations near the presidential palace have been peaceful, but with this clash, we're going to keep our eyes on things to to see if that leads to more violence. this is the first time these opposition factions have marched towards the presidential palace. this is, of course, part of today's big demonstration that opposition factions have dubbed the final warning, the seculars, moderates, liberals, women's rights groups protesting the president, his decrees in the process by which this constitution has been drafted. while that's happening at presidential palace you have another group of people, about 5,000, 10,000 people protesting here in tahrir square, again with chants of "cancel, cancel, we won't leave until he leaves" a reference to president morsi. the deck seems to be stacked against them and the moment seems to have
-range rocket launch that's managed to put a satellite in earth's orbit. here's why it is important to all of us. even though north korea is one of the poorest countries and many people are starving there, the korean peninsula is the most tense, most dangerous places on earth. there are roughly one million north korean troops on it is side of the militarize zone separating from south korea. as well as nearly 30,000 u.s. forces. not only are they within strikes distance of the launch site, a long-range rocket shows north korea is on its way to developing technology to launch a rocket at the united states's west coast and hawaii. officials tell cnn that the working assumption is that the north koreans got outside help from others, including iran. so today's launch is raising some huge concerns. let's go to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. i assume they are pretty surprised and alarmed by the successful launch over at the pentagon? >> look, wolf, because of everything you just mentioned, indeed, the u.s. military, the intelligence committee have been watching north korea for days now 24/7
, and, again, the u.s. navy, which patrols the persian gulf constantly, says all ever its drones are currently accounted for. it also says its drones stay in international air space. joining me now with his insights and expertise is jim walsh. jim, first and foremost, look, it may very well be someone else's drone. i'll get to that in a moment. but when we say we only patrol in international air space, do we really only patrol in international air space? >> well, the first thing to know about that ashleigh, is international air space is highly contested. different countries draw the maps in different ways. and so you can be in a spot in the air where one country claims it's in international air space and another country claims it's in their national air space. it's sort of a fudge word, and we've had this before. this is not the first time we've had this dispute. we've had drone incidents now with iran on this makes the third different occasion, and in every case there are claims by both sides, and it's rather tough to resolve. >> just about every aspect of this is classified, so
to fix it all and how to get america back on the path to prosperity. it's possible. watch us, we're not just on saturdays at 1:00 p.m. eastern and sundays at 3:p.m. we're on monday to friday at 3:30 p.m. eastern. a little version of "your money." everything you need to know in business every day. you can find me on facebook, tweet me, my handle @ali velshi. have an excellent weekend. >>> it is the top of the hour. welcome, everybody. you're in the "cnn newsroom." i'm deborah feyerick, in for fredricka whitfield. >> kansas city chiefs jovan belcher has committed suicide after allegedly killing his girlfriend. he allegedly shot his girlfriend multiple times at the couple's home. the paper said the two had been arguing. he then drove to a practice facility at the chiefs arrowhead stadium, woalked up to had coac and general manager, thanks them for what they had done for him, then shot himself in the head. joining us, nfl senior reporter, don banks. what do you know of this? how do you put it into perspective? >> it's a pretty unique situation in terms of nfl history. i think this is
massacre that's attracting a lot of attention this morning. >>> thousands of dockworkers could put the u.s. economy at risk if they go on strike on sunday. we'll take you inside the crisis some are calling the container cliff. >>> and sea world taking its water act all the way to wall street. why investors could soon own a peace of shamu. "newsroom" starts right now. good morning. i'm victor blackwell. carol has the morning off. with the nation still reeling from the shooting massacre in newtown, connecticut, and engaged in a national debate on gun control, chicago suffered a grim milestone last night, a man was killed in a shooting on chicago's dangerous west side. this scene marks chicago's 500th homicide this year alone. that's up more than 50 from last year. now when we're researching this story this morning, one statistic really jumped out at us. in the past five years, 270 children have been killed by gun violence in chicago. on top of that, there have been dozens of other people injured. cnn's ted rowlands rode along with two chicago police officers earlier this year to get a firsth
. wade. the issue the u.s. supreme court agreed to take on that will make history. >> all of those who argued for nonintervention because of the things that might happen have now happened because we failed to intervene. >>> when is enough enough? that is the question many are asking about syria as the death toll climbs and concerns mount over chemical weapons and some lawmakers are saying it is too late to stop mass destruction. >>> what is going on with netflix? another major blunder by the ceo. why he is being investigated by the ccc. >>> it is saturday, december 8th. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. victor blackwell is off today. we start with a landmark decision by the supreme court. the justices decided to hear two ca cases. joe johns has a look. >> randi, after weeks of speculation the court decided to take up two cases on same-sex marriage. the first one about the defensive marriage act. windsor against the united states. they were married in toronto, canada, in 2007. spire died in 2007 in new york at a time when new york recognized same-sex marriages that were performed
the power to bring people together simpson style. that's it for us. thanks for watching. "early start" begins now. >>> new this morning, tanks and personnel carriers stationed outside the presidential palace in egypt, clashes turning deadly overnight. rage at the new leader fears he may become the old leader. we're live from outside the palace in 30 seconds. >>> plus new reports that syria is putting chemical components in bombs. the details, straight ahead. >>> as of this morning for the first time in the history of our country, it is now legal to smoke pot for recreational purposes in a state and we are there for the pot party. good morning, welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans in for john berman this thursday morning. >> i bet you never thought you'd say that, live at a pot party. >>> good morning to you, i'm zoraida sambolin, 5:00 a.m. in the east here. >>> tension has quickly turned to deadly violence in egypt. this morning, tanks and armored personnel carriers are guarding the presidential palace, this is in cairo. it was there last night that supporters and owe points
of tragedy they're feeling. these are some of the folks this is what they're telling us. i want to bring them in. >> you've been crying. >> yes. >> is it because of what you saw? >> no, they wouldn't even let us in the building. all i can say is that one of the cops that, you know, the worst thing he had ever seen in his entire career, but it was when they told the parents, all the parents were waiting for their children to come out, they thought they were, you know, still alive. and there is 20 parents that were just told their children are dead. it was awful. >> and you were unable to do anything. >> right. we knew at one point they asked the ambulances to leave, that they didn't need them and we knew that wasn't a good sign. >>> i'm wolf blitzer in washington. we're continuing our breaking news coverage of a dramatic, horrific story, unfortunately, unfolding in connecticut right now. in newtown, connecticut, at a small elementary school. the sandy hook elementary school. for those of you who are just tuning in, we are now getting numbers, our own john king reporting, quoting law enforcemen
of touch. give us a behind-the-scenes look at who he is and how he relates to people. >> reporter: well, senator kerry is a statesman, a man who has been working in washington for so many years that it is easy to paint a caricature of him that way. he is a man who has developed a relationship with president obama which is what's meaningful today and here at the white hou house. he is, as kate pointed out, was dispatched by the president not just two times or a number of times during foreign sort of mini crises, but very, very delicate situations and he has successfully eased the way when he went with, for example, to afghanistan to talk to president hamid scar karzai, to encourage to run for a runoff election and he got it done. the president has seen him demonstrate his abilities as a diplomat and of course, in the debate prep with president obama, he played mitt romney during this most recent round of debate preps. it didn't start out so well, as we know, but it ended well for the president and they had a strong connection and the president in the end thought that, you know, he came t
be just the beginning of the day. wolf. >> alison on the scene for us, thank you. the president's taking a political risk by getting into michigan's union fight at the same time he's locked in a major battle in washington over raising ta spending cuts and more. let's bring in our chief white house correspondent jessica yell be. jessica, is it surprising the president decided to speak today on this right to work issue? >> reporter: wolf, the white house has come out very strongly against right to work laws. and the unions have been strong supporters of the president. but it is quite surprising the president was so forceful in his, expression of support today, after he had a more muted response during the election, after the scott walker recall effort. today, the president made his first comments on the michigan law, and it was indeed a forceful show of support for organized labor. here is the president. >> you know, these so called right to work laws, they don't have to do with economics. they have everything to do with politics. what they're really talking about is giving you the right t
. >>> good morning, i'm carol costello. jobless claims fall to a four-year low. alison kosik joins us from the new york stock exchange to tell us more. >> this winds up being a big improvement for jobless claims number falling 12,000 last week to 350,000, and what that means is that the level now is close to the lowest level since the early part of the recession, so it really shows these layoffs are slowing. something interesting has been happening in the past several weeks. the claims numbers have spiked, and then have slowly been settling down and that was mostly because of superstorm sandy. so today with the level at this more palatable sort of level at 350,000 the big question is will today be just a blip or will this be the beginning of a trend, and that's what you really want to see. you want to see the level of layoffs continuing to at least stay the same and obviously you want to see them come down but at the same time you also want to see hiring happening and that's where that government jobs report that we focus on once a month, that's where that comes into play. we're going to g
will america do to stop a madman. >> i am a supporter of the second amendment. but i believe it's time for us to move a different direction. >> and the congresswoman who lost her husband in the long island railroad shooting. >>> also, i'll go one-on-one with a gun advocate who said that lawmakers who vote for gun control have blood on their hands. could he be serious? >>> and why the second amendment doesn't say what you think 2 does. >>> plus a class gunned down, a teacher to protect them. main who lost his daughter. >> they believe that because the problem is guns the answer is guns. it's simply ridiculous. >> we'll go inside the mind of a killer. what dr. oz thinks we should do about mental illness. >> i think we need a homeland security approach to mental illness. thirst is "piers morgan tonight." >>> good evening, final farewells today for two more 6-year-olds, victims of the terrible attacks in sandy hook. jessica rekos was a little girl who loved horses and asked santa for cowgirl boots and cowboy hat and james mattioli who asked once how old do i have to be to sing on stage. president
've gotten us into, bring a balanced budget to the table to grow this economy for the long term not the short term. >> there you go. for the long term, not the short term. >> there you go. i'm don lemon. happy new year to you. jooirksz . >>> hello, i'm don lemon and this is cnn's top 10 of 2012. we look at the stories that captured our attention, what we see as the biggest stories of the year around the world, in crime, money, weather and even the biggestscandals and later this hour, those stories chosen by you. anchor of state of the union, candy crowley, with the top ten political stories of 2012. >>> like finding your favorite grain of sand on the beach. impossible number of possibilities. catch phrases become boomerangs. >> if you got a business you didn't build that. >> i like being aable to find service members. >> i'm an american woman who uses contraception. let's start there. >> it's like an etch-a-sketch. you shake it up and we start all over again. >> i'm not going to shut up. it's my turn. >> i think it's called romneysia. >> if i were to coin a term it would be obamaloney. >> the
in serious condition right now. here's the sheriff. >> all of us have to recognize that this was a heart breaking tragedy, by any standard. and many, many people will be affected by this terrible act of violence every day for the rest of their lives. and we should keep them in our thoughts and prayers. on the other hand, i think we all need to be very thankful that this incident wasn't much worse. >> we will take you live to portland for more on the shooter in just a moment here. but first, the victims. and this is where this briefing got emotional. i want you to listen here to the sheriff spokesman describe the victims and the requests on behalf of the families. >> this first statement comes from the family of cindy rule, age 54, from portland. cindy was everybody's friend, she was a wonderful person who was very caring and put others first. the family has advised us they want time and space to grieve their loss and will not be giving interviews at this time. the family will make a statement at an unspecified later date through the sheriff's office. this is a statement from the forsyth
a couple of years ago and through the training, they never used a gun and had a gun in the class. i worry about the training that they have to actually fire the firearm and to use it. without endangering others as well. so there things i'm concerned about, having a concealed weapon on campus of course is -- we have strict policies that relate to that to ensure everyone is safe and a teacher if they violated that policy because they don't want to put others at risk either. >> what about having the weapon in school and having a kid possibly have access to it. that opens the door for accidents. >> absolutely. that's one of the concerns. so our policy is that it has to be concealed and has to be out of sight. you have to have a permit. still a teacher can be overwhelmed by a student and they were carrying a gun. there is definitely -- the safest place is note to have a gun obviously. i can understand on the teacher's side as well that -- and husbands and spouses and teachers who are concerned about the spouse going to school and teachers concerned about themselves and their students. i can un
. the president used his bully pulpit to reinforce the idea that senators need to get busy. so let's listen. >> the american people are watching what we do here. obviously, their patience is already thin. this is deja vu all over again. america wonders why it is that in this town for some reason, you can't get stuff done in an organized timetable, why everything always has to wait till the last minute. we're now at the last minute. and the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. not right now. >> so jessica, you were in the room for the president's remarks. on a scale of 1 to 10, let's measure the anger perhaps that was emanating from the president right now with congress waiting until this last-minute deal. how angry is he? >> well, he definitely was using the bully pulpit to pressure congress to get something done this weekend. i'd say he seemed frustrated, but i definitely have seen him more frustrated, and today he wasn't totally out of patience, and today, martin, he said that he believes "we may be able to reach an agre
. >> they are trying to find a last minute compromise to keep us from going over the fiscal cliff, respect senator olympia snowe is saying that it's a bigger sign of a bigger crisis. >> what is deeply troubling is you cannot get congress and the president to reach any agreement on anything. >> the latest on the fiscal cliff negotiations in a few minutes. a 31-year-old woman has been charged with second degree murder as a hate crime in connection with a subway death in new york city. they identified the woman as erica ericamenendez in new york. the victim was a store owner and graphic designer. witnesses described a womani pacing the platform and talking to herself before pushing the victim on the tracks as a train entered the stadium. the video shows a woman running from the scene. a airliner smashed into a highway in russia. four of the crew were killed, no passengers were on board and no one on the highway was injured. it was arriving when it over shot the run way. a lot of celebrating early this morning in portland, maine, the first same sex couple said i do under a new state law that took effe
for watching us this morning. i'm carol costello. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with ashleigh banfield. >> thanks so much, carol. hi, everyone. i'm ashleigh banfield. it's 11:00 on the east coast. 8:00 on the west coast. how does this sound to you? >> me and my friends here, we met across the street and we smoking weed and we're on our feet and ain't handcuffed and ain't worried about the boys. i got the toys fired up. >> fired up. talk about fired up. for thousands of people in seattle and all across washington state, this day could not come soon enough. it is day one of legal recreational marijuana use. courtesy of the voters who passed a landmark referendum last month. from this day forward, if you are old enough to drink, you can consume as much as one ounce of pot in washington state but you still can't grow it and you still can't sell it. technically, you still can't buy it and you're not supposed to light up in public either. what are you all doing out there at that party? my colleague was there. he was on the not so mean streets when the law took effect. i'll be interested to f
's palace. we'll have a live report from cairo. but, first, u.s. military plans about possible action against syria are changing. senior pentagon officials tell cnn the syrian government could be escalating the civil war. there are new concerns the assad regime is preparing to use chemical weapons. let's get to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. barbara, how does this change the u.s. military's syria plan? are we talking u.s. troops, boots on the ground? >> well, not at this point, clearly, deb. but what we do know is that u.s. officials tell us that they are updating some of the military options for action against syria's chemical weapons capability, why are they doing this? of course, we chatted about this in the last several days. officials say they do have the intelligence now that syria has filled aerial bombs with deadly sarin gas. haven't moved it to airplanes yet, but this is very concerning because that, of course, would be the next step. so once you have the deadly bombs, the u.s. has to look at what the options could be, what they might want to target to essentially
's just 17. he knew he had to save the woman or die trying. when we met him later he tells us we had a feeling that she was still alive. we wanted to save her, to get her to a hospital. as he crawls closer, he can see her hand, her fingers shaking. cover him, cover him someone shouts. other fighters lay down cover fire. abdullah quickly ties the hose to her legs but unable to retreat. i said to myself, if i die, it's god's will that i die next to this woman he tells us. finally he makes a run for it. the rebels drag the woman back. >> the woman and her son were walking right down the street. the rebel fighters shouted at them to stay away, but too late. aleppo is crisscrossed with similar sniper alleys. some are known, but others do not reveal themselves until the first shot has been fired. despite abdullah's efforts, the woman dies. her son utterly distraught. don't die now, don't die today he pleads. answer me, mom. answer me. she's not dead. she's not dead he says as he collapses. abdullah is left wondering whether her life could have been saved if he'd reached her sooner. until r
new poll shows that 52% of u.s. adult dults favor major restrictions on guns, making all guns illegal versus 47% last august. let's turn to our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's joining us. the president came out and didn't mince very words. >> reporter: no, wolf. this is the first time that president obama has laid out a time line. he appointed vice president biden to lead this group of cabinet lawmakers to come out with some solutions and he wants those recommends from him no later than january. the president said this time washington won't just talk about tackling gun violence. >> this is not some washington commission. this is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside. this is a team that has a very specific task to pull together real reforms right now. >> reporter: he urged congress to vote early next year on an assault weapons ban and high ammunition clips and close the loopholes so all gun buyers are subject to background checks. >> we're going to need to work on making
brings us right to dan simon. he's live from suburban portland this morning. what else do we know about jacob roberts? >> reporter: well, good morning, soledad. his name surfaced less than 24 hours ago so it's still a bit early in the investigation. but the things that you would typically look at, his family life, you know, where he works, his relationships, haven't seen really any obvious signs. investigators say they haven't found a criminal history, no violent past. so at this point things don't really add up. people have been trying to look at his facebook page, esee if there are any clues there. there is a piece of artwork on his facebook page saying follow your dreams. the word "cancelled" stamped over it. could that suggest anything? at this point we don't know that. there are these reports that he was planning to move to hawaii. he was telling friends that he inherited a bunch of money and had scheduled a flight to go there, but really no truth in that as best as we can tell. everyone we have talked to seems genuinely shocked that this happened, including an ex-girlfriend who ac
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and citizens behind us, at least six tanks, if things get out of hand. we'll keep a close eye to see what role the military plays in this political crisis >> reza sayeh, a potentially violent situation going on in egypt if those two groups cross paths. thank you. >>> this morning calming words on syria amid fears the crumbling regime could unleash chemical weapons on its own people. days after the u.s. and other countries warned embattled president bashar al assad against such action, defense secretary leon panetta says syria may be backing away from the threat. here is what pa net ta said early this morning on a flight to kuwait city. >> we haven't seen anything new indicating any aggressive steps to move forward in that way, but we continue to monitor it very closely and we continue to make clear to them that they should not under any means make use of these chemical weapons against their own population. >> and here's an example of how just murky the divisions are in syria, later today washington will declare one of the group of rebels a foreign terrorist organization. according to federal d
. >> you have a rough job there. >> somebody's got to do it. >> thank you for joining us here today. joining us tomorrow at 5:00 on "early start." >>> "cnn newsroom" with carol costello now. tornadoes in the south and blizzards from arkansas to ohio. >>> do you have the right to know if your neighbor owns a gun? a newspaper in new york says yes and publishes the name of those who have gun permits. >>> christmas is over but shopping is not. if you're heading out to return the gift that wasn't exactly what you wanted, you will not be alone. >>> tom cruise may not be the ideal action hero but his love life made it into the top ten. "newsroom" starts now. girnlgs low. the day after christmas means relaxing or wracking up deals at the mall. for people in the west and the south it's cleanup after severe weather ripped through the region. waterspout was located in lake pontchartrain. parts of arkansas saw several inches of snow and snapping power lines and of course canceling flights. in mississippi the governor declared a state of emergency after at least eight counties reported damage. s
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want to give us a preview? >> unfortunately, i think we're out of time. >> yes, of course now we're out of time. but we'll be back on monday. until then, please don't forget, tweet me at kate bolduan. erin burnett "outfront" starts erin burnett "outfront" starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> "outfront" next, president obama visited a toy factory today. and while everyone in washington is acting rather childish about the fiscal cliff, this is not child's play. u days left and susan rice facing new skrcrutiny today fro democrats. this time about her personal investments and the number of drones has surged. the newest versions though, pretty incredible. they look like a cheetah and a fish. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, a washington stop playing battleship. yes. battleship. we went out and bought it because we wanted to remind you, the kids game where the goal is, i'll read it, can you sink your opponent's fleet before your opponent sinks yours? pretty perfect. this fiscal cliff though is not child's play. it's
to be kidding me. jay carney used the phrase in the briefing just now that the proposal from the republicans was a bunch of magic needs and fairy dust and the current standoff is continuing with neither side talking today, brooke. >> magic beans, fairy dust, la la land, it is laughable but not. it is serious stuff that affects every one of us come january 1st, 28 days to go. we know some of the reporting from dana bash on the hill, there are no formal talks going on. the president insists in speaking in this bloomberg interview, he does speak to speaker boehner all the time that the meetings are not what matter. what have you, jessica yellin what have you learned in your reporting about possible talks between the white house and the gop? >> reporter: well, first of all, i'll tell you there was a christmas party at the white house last night where members of congress came to have festivities and stand in line. they're welcome to stand in line and greet the president. and get their picture taken. so speaker boehner chose not to stand in line and shake hands with the president, first lady, get
>>> hi, everybody. so glad you're with us today. i'm alina cho. let's get started. four days before the fiscal cliff. four hours before a last-ditch meeting at the white house. it's still not clear whether a last-minute deal is even possible or whether this is now all about shifting blame. president obama and vice president biden are sitting down with house leaders. the guest list includes harry reid, who this time yesterday said he didn't see any way the fiscal cliff could be avoided. whatever the case, our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin will be watching. what can we really expect to come out of this meeting this afternoon? >> well, alina, we're not sure what really will come out of it. the ideal scenario would be if all sides agree to a scaled-down version of the fiscal cliff agreement that the president and spe speaker boehner had been discussing weeks ago and then senator mcconnell would agree that no republicans would block it in any way if he can promise that. he argues that he can't really make that promise but if e he could then speaker boehner would promise
holiday. >>> thank you, suzanne. i'm victor blackwell in for brooke baldwin. thank you for being with us today. the president is pulling the plug on his trip to hawaii to tend to urgent matters in washington. with tax hikes looming in less than a week, he's scheduled to return to the white house tomorrow, just as a deadlocked congress reconvenes days ahead of the so-called fiscal cliff. you're just six days from feeling this. now, first hit is coming on january 1st when your take home pay will drop by 2% because of a scheduled hike in the social security payroll tax. that's just the start. income taxes are set to climb too. and you'll notice that when employer gets to around the adjusted withholding, the government spending cuts, those are also scheduled for january 1st and bound to slow the economy and some argue they'll weaken the military. congress has seen this coming, but an effort to limit the damage failed last week. republican house speaker john boehner could not persuade enough members of his party to let tax rates rise on incomes over a million dollars while sparing everyone el
but a cheeky memory, eric's place on the "ridiculist," that i promise you, is permanent. that's it for us. "early start" begins now. >>> the manhunt is the over. brand new video of the men arguing on the subway platform. "the new york post" cover that has the paper in hot water this morning. >> plus we have the 911 tapes and the alleged murder/suicide involving kansas city chiefs play er javon belcher. >>> and there's no plan to keep us from going over the fiscal cliff. broken record, broken record. i'm christine romans in today for john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. >>> up first, president obama standing his ground over the fight in the fiscal cliff. americans face crushing tax hikes and severe spending cuts in 27 days if democrats and republicans cannot come together on a deal. by the way, congress breaks for the holidays in ten days. slash that number. in an interview with bloomberg news, the president made it crystal clear he's not about to blink on the issue of tax hikes for the wealthiest americans. >> we'll have to see the rates on the top 2% go up. and we're not going to be
? >> essentially, it's what he said. al assad is not the representative of the syrian people. the u.s. and other than western countries have called on bashar al assad to step down. concretely it is a diplomatic move. it was expected. what it doesn't change and this is what the rebels and the opposition want is whether or not they get more money and more arms. they're saying in their meeting with the friends of morocco group, friends of syria group in morocco right now. they say recognition is fine, but we want weapons and more money. right now they're not getting it from the west. >> the u.s. is not give them either one of those things. do they completely sever ties with assad? how does that relationship change, if at all? >> that relationship has been essentially marabund for the last several months. there mab no ambassador there are and they're sanctions impose on the regime and there's no polical relationship with the regime of al assad with the united states. it doesn't change anything on that level. that means we're inching closer and closer to this government in exile, if you will, as bein
-called fiscal cliff. so a very big moment in the nation's capital. and to walk us through what might happen we turn to jessica yellin, a chief white house correspondent. jessica, we said up front, it is a long shot, give us a best case scenario. >> reporter: the best case scenario would be that all the leaders walk out of this meeting and say they have a deal. the two senators say they can bring it to a vote, and none of their members will filibuster it. house speaker john boehner says he will bring it to the house floor for a vote before new year's eve and house minority leader nancy pelosi says she can wrangle all the democratic votes it needs to pass because you would expect a lot of house republicans to vote no, so you need almost all the house democrats to vote yes. if that sounds almost too good to be true, it probably is. >> and then they sing kumbaya. never, ever going to happen. and if it does -- >> reporter: they braid each other's hair. >> you got it. we're more likely to see that. so tell us about the role in this meeting of senator mitch mcconnell. why is he a key role to this? >>
rather childish about the fiscal cliff, this is not child's play. 33 days left. and the u.s. ambassador to the u.n., susan rice, facing new scrutiny today from democrats. this time about her personal investments. and the number of drones has surged. the newest versions, though, pretty incredible. they look like a cheetah and a fish. let's go "outfront." >>> good evening, everyone. i'm erin burnett. "outfront" tonight, hey, washington stop playing battleship. yes. battleship. we went out and bought it because we wanted to remind you, the kids game where the goal is, i'll read it, can you sink your opponent's fleet before your opponent sinks yours? pretty perfect. this fiscal cliff though is not child's play. it's just 33 days away and today, president obama's visit to a toy factory in pennsylvania had everyone acting a bit childish. >> i've been keeping my own naughty and nice lists. >> we're not interesting in playing rope a dope. >> i wasn't going to have him building roller coasters all day long. >> sure, who doesn't want to be a kid again, but washington, you have real work to do. a
was that he talked about appealing to the american people. and obviously this is something that he's been used to doing as he's been campaigning and tried to do this on the fiscal cliff as well. he made it very clear he will be using the bully pulpit to try to persuade americans and to really sort of seize the moment of just how people have responded differently to the shooting. let me tell you, he had -- he has talked -- the white house talked and he laid out some things he would like to see in this event in the briefing room. he talked about the assault weapons ban, banning high capacity ammunition clips, closing the gun show loophole. and also you mentioned mental health, which i think is something that would be easier to push, kind of in a bipartisan fashion. the big question too is sort of what you talked about, dealing with the culture that glorifies violence. those were his words. how do you do that? that is still to be seen. >> reporter: >> what about the gun law? this is an affluent group of people. how would the white house bring the nra to the table in a very sort of high pressure t
snowstorms. now, city officials say that this area is actually used to snow. however, the amount of snow in such a short period of time is a challenge, of course, for cleanup efforts and it's been almost two years since syracuse has had a foot of snow all in one shot, ali. >> we'll keep an eye on this with you through the course of the morning. this powerful storm really rocked the nation's heart land. travel conditions so treacherous the indiana pacers had to postpone last night's home game against the chicago bulls. flying and driving today and the rest of the week will continue to be tough. let's get to meteorologist bonnie schneider who's tracking the system in atlanta. good morning, bonnie. >> good morning, ali. right now we're seeing heavy rain across the new york city metropolitan area and that is impacting travel at this hour. this just in. we have one-hour delays at la guardia in queens. even though the rain isn't as strong in that region, we're getting fierce wind. look at the heavy rain hitting providence and boston and to the north it's all snow. check out the snowfall totals
salt before the storm in anticipation of the storm. this area is used to getting a lot of snowstorm. two years ago they got almost 180 inches of snowfall. and so this time they're saying, look, we're used to getting snow. the challenge is this amount of snow in such a short period of time, it's been almost two years since syracuse has seen one foot of snow all in one shot, drew. >> it is incredibly pretty pictures from my nice, warm studio, ines. we appreciate you getting up this morning and getting in it. >>> the nba's indiana pacers were actually forced to postpone last night's home game against the chicago bulls. that's a real rarity. take a look at these pictures. getting around the country today and the rest of the week will be a challenge. let's get right to the cnn weather center in atlanta. meteorologist bonnie schneider tracking the system for us. bonnie, good morning. >> good morning. >> what's the latest? it's a huge mess out there. >> it is. it's hitting the northeast hard. you have that heavy rain across new york and long island, across the connecticut sound and really
. we have more on the life of the singer jenni rivera. what can you tell us? >> good morning. she sold 50 million records, won two billboard music awards and was a star of her reality show and served as a judge on a popular talent show in mexico. hard-working until the end. she performed the last concert saturday night in monterey, mexico, hours before dying in a plane crash on her way to yet another commitment. [ speaking spanish ] they call her diva. and for anyone who ever saw her on stage, it was easy to see why. she sang heartwrenching song that's spoke to the common woman, especially mexican-americans. >> translator: every song, every lyric i'm thinking of them and how i can relate to them. >> reporter: jenni rivera was born in long beach, california to mexican parents, their story of humble origins. with an interview in cnn, she spoke about how she sold records at a los angeles flea market and how the family expected cans for the meager income they could bring in selling the metal. >> translator: it is very flattering when they tell me i'm a great artist, a great entertainer. bu
at cnn world headquarters in atlanta. thank you so much for joining us. the city of kansas city shocked tonight after an apparent murder/suicide involving one of their nfl players. linebacker jovan belcher is dead. he killed himself with a gun in front of his coach, his general manager, and police officers near arrowhead stadium. about half an hour earlier police say he killed his girlfriend. from internet millionaire to fugitive, john mcafee gave a very bizarre and exclusive interview to cnn from his hideaway in central america. you're going to hear it in a moment. and jordan davis, 17 years old, today was his funeral. jordan was shot dead after an argument about loud music. we spoke to his broken-hearted father who has a message for all parents of teenagers. >>> personal tragedy from the world of sports to report to you first. police say a player for the nfl's kansas city chiefs shot and killed his girlfriend this morning and then drove to the team's training facility where he turned the gun on himself. police identified him as 25-year-old jovan belcher. he had been with the team for
a few more of the 20 small children and 6 educators taken from us will be laid to rest. we may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened. we do know that every day since more americans are died of gun violence. we know such violence has terrible consequences for our society. if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try. over these past five days, a discussion has re-emerged as to what we might do not only to deter mass shootings in the future but to reduce the epidemic of gun violence that plagues this country every single day. it's encouraging that people of all different backgrounds and beliefs and political persuasions are willing to challenge old assumptions and change long-standing positions. that conversation has to continue, but this time the words need to lead to action. we know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply held passions and political divides, and as i said on sunday night, there's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. we're going
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>>> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. thanks for joining us. new developments out of venezuela to tell you about. it is about the president there, hugo chavez, and tonight the news is about his health. on the phone with me now from havana, cuba, is cnn's patrick ottman. what did he say? >> reporter: very emotional chavez telling people here in cuba, taking the air in cuba as well, announced he has a recurrence of cancer, that he'll be returning to cuba immediately to undergo surgery. this is his third cancer that we knew of before the elections in october in venezuela. he said he'd been cured of cancer. that the doctors essentially saved his life. it turned out that that information was incorrect and hugo chavez in a very emotional address tonight to the people of venezuela said he needed to return to cuba immediately to undergo surgery and that his life is essentially on the life. he said good-bye to venezuela, said the support of the vice president -- and hugo chavez perhaps looking at mortality in the face. >> i think it's interesting that he said good-bye to the people of c
. that is where christina lever worth is from our aaffiliate a wear. give us a tour of that area and what you've seen in terms of the devastation. >> reporter: absolutely, suzanne. for the most part the damage is widespread. murphy high school, the worst hit. right behind me is the baseball facility, completely destroyed. beyond that is these portable classrooms. you can't tell they were classrooms unless you can zoom in and see some desks and chairs. definitely, definitely hit hard. right here is this mangled window screen. that gives you an idea how powerful this storm is. i want to show you a few more things over here. this was a barn, but beyond na is the fieldhouse. people sought shelter there and bunkered down there to be safe. it's a good thing they do. a lot of items flew more than two football fields into the main building pummeling plywood into the cafeteria. a lot of red tiles gone. the band hall, the roof lifted up and moved. it's tough for people here because this is a historical campus built in the 1920s. there's more than 2,000 kids that go here. the main thing people pay atten
to the u.s. 11 years to go to undergo treatment for rare life threatening facial tumors. he had been living in michigan on an expired visa and will now head to medical school. >>> a russian airliner slid off a runway and smashed outside moscow today. four of the eight crew members on board were killed as the plane splintered into three pieces. no passengers on board were -- no passengers were on board, and no one on the highway was injured. the jet is about as big as a 757. it was run by the russian airline red wings. the plane was arriving from the czech republic when it overshot the runway. >>> we knew it would end like this, didn't we? the fiscal cliff, still looming. spending cuts and tax hikes that could shove our economy into recession. and a deadline lawmakers ignored until the very last possible minute. live pictures now of the capitol. looks beautiful. man, but there's a lot of wrangling going on there. lawmakers are back up -- had their backs up against the wall right now. and as they try to find a plan that can pass congress. let's hope they do. cnn's chief white house correspond
, treacherous storms pounding the eastern u.s. right now. blizzard conditions from southern illinois across ohio and then to the south, heavy rain in the carolinas and virginia. this is on top of yesterday's mayhem which kicked up about 30 tornadoes. >> oh, my god. we need to be. it's right there. >> this ominous sight was videotaped from the interstate near mobile, alabama. the driver wisely stopped and turned around. i want you to listen to the funnel cloud as it approached the city. >> christmas day tornado. going through mobile. oh, my god, look, that's a tornado. oh, wow. oh, jesus, look at that tornado. >> look at that. it caused a lot of damage. and knocked out power to more than 20,000 customers. incredibly, no one was killed, although at least two storm-related deaths were reported elsewhere. but even nature's most destructive forces can have a beautiful side. the storm generated this end-to-end rainbow as it passed near jackson, mississippi. let's get to alexandra steele. >> the legs on this thing are insane. certainly one for the record books. on the snow side and on the severe side,
, as christine mentioned, is out tomorrow. diane swonk will talk about it with us. on dangerous ground, will he join us. john berman profiled manny pacquiao -- oh, my god, i had ten people yeling in my ear. sorry, pacquiao. he has a big fight on saturday. we'll have that story as well. carol costello in "newsroom," starts right now. good morning. >> good morning. stories on "newsroom." >> three, two, one -- >> most laid back new year's celebration ever? no. celebration of washington state's brand new pot law. yes, they're smoking joints. >>> i dare you, like double dare you. obama administration bites and says, yeah, we're prepared to go off the fiscal cliff. >>> roger goodell, the commissioner football fans love to hate. there's a softer, gentler side of goodell. seriously. the nfl commissioner you don't know. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining me. i'm carol costello. smoke 'em if you got 'em. recreational marijuana is officially legal in washington state. shall we say a rather mellow celebration at seattle's space needle? pot smokers lit up like it was new
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